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Louisville, Kentucky
United States
Headfirst Performance
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 53m 13s
Overall Rank = 3f/
Age Group = 35-39f
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Didn't plan on running due to a triathlon yesterday, so I headed to Louisville to cheer on my husband. Decided a trail run on tired legs would be good half Ironman training, so impulsively signed up at the last minute.
Event warmup:

Not much. Jogged about two minutes and stretched.
  • 1h 53m
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 38s  min/mile

Managed a pretty even 8:45 pace. My legs were screaming around mile 6, and I thought about dnf'ing and saving them for another day. Started to feel better and decided to just hang in there and make the most of it. Only really felt bad on the uphills, anyway. Still, only about 2 minutes slower than last year's pace on fresh legs.
What would you do differently?:

Had some sharp ITB pain the last mile. Thankfully, it's feeling better now two days later so I hopefully escaped injury. I still don't know if this was a great idea.
Post race
Warm down:


What limited your ability to perform faster:

Winning a hilly triathlon yesterday, lol.

Event comments:

Did this race last year and would definitely do it again.

Last updated: 2014-04-30 12:00 AM
01:53:00 | 13.1 miles | 08m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: Fairly gentle for a trail race. Rolling with a few steep climbs, lots of twists and turns and a few very technical, rocky sections. Not bad.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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My question is am I playing with fire entering the half marathon this close to my primary goal for this season which is the HIM?
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I just ran the Boston Marathon under nine minute miles, can I run eight minute miles for my half Ironman training runs? Or should I go slower?
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I just started doing tris this summer and I have two under my belt, both sprints. Is it reasonable to build up for a Oly in early ‘09, with a HIM in Oct of ‘09
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Steady is our walk. Ignoring the pain that is radiating from my feet, I continue to place one foot in front of the other. Again I wonder, “Why am I doing this?”
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Having three seasons under my belt I thought I knew what I was doing. That all changed with a few new challenges and a bunch of new friends.
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This program should be used for an athlete whose goal is to run a marathon in the 1:30-2:30 range and has a good running base in the past 8-12 weeks.
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I will assume you have not run consistently more than 6 miles and have never completed a half-marathon. I believe running your first half-marathon is a big task which requires dedication and work.
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My training was taking off. I had never felt stronger. I was making bigger strides than I ever had. I was stronger and faster than I had imagined myself ever being.